A sammelband of the three most famous tragedies by “the last major dramatist in the classicist tradition” (Terras).
Because of an early mental illness, Vladislav Ozerov (1769-1816) wrote only five tragedies in his lifetime, but met great success. What the public liked was the atmosphere of sensibility and romanticism that the author infused into the classical forms; exactly what was later criticised by conservative critics such as Shishkov, or even Pushkin and Griboedov.
Ozerov’s first success was Oedipus in Athens (1804), a wry comment on Alexander I’s rumoured implication in the murder of his father Paul. The public was delighted with his next tragedy, Fingal (1805), staged with effective sets representing sombre Scottish scenery. However this is Dmitry Donskoy (1807) which became Ozerov’s most popular creation, thanks to its strong patriotic message: it was indeed staged within days after the Battle of Eylau, which took place in East Prussia between Napoleon’s Grande Armée and an army of the Russian Empire.
All works here are in second edition published the year Ozerov passed away. They are rarely found as such, being often gathered within the Works, published later two parts (1816-19), which additionally included Poliksena.
Folio (25.5 x 20 cm). Engraved portrait frontispiece by Nikolai Utkin after A. Notbek, 73pp., including half-title and title, pp.; 50pp.; 82pp. Contemporary half-leather over green boards; rebacked.
Sopikov 11978, 11967, 11887; cf. for the Works Fekula 5015 and Obolyaninov Portraits 314; cf. Terras 144.
Stock ID: 94185